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Video: How to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes Women represent 50% of the working population and are as much or more educated and qualified as men are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organisations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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The MDP response

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Cooley raids Wall Street for Milbank technology star

Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward is striking back at New York rivals and hiring a top Wall Street lawyer from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Dan Mummery, one of the top communications lawyers in New York, is relocating to the West Coast and joining Cooley as a partner in the business department. At Milbank Tweed […]

B&M's COO quits for Cambridge

US-based firm Baker & McKenzie is losing its chief operating officer (COO) after just two years. David Yates is taking up a post as warden of Robinson College at the University of Cambridge and is being replaced as COO by current director of professional development and know-how Peter Smith. As COO, Smith will be responsible […]

MoFo shuts Buenos Aires and opts for local alliance

San Francisco firm Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is pulling out of Buenos Aires and setting up an alliance with a local firm instead. The firm, which opened the office at the beginning of 1999 to service clients moving into the region, will send the US lawyers at the office to other international offices. In place […]

The Personnelity

For the modern law firm, as for many types of organisations, the need to encourage diversity has become something of a mantra for success. Whether it refers to client lists or areas of practice expertise, diversity is hailed by many as the new specialisation. It is this as much as anything that fuels the continual […]

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